The Critical Era

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    The Critical Era

  • Newburgh Conspiracy

    Newburgh Conspiracy
    The Newburgh Conspiracy threatened an uprising in the Continental Army.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    The United States and Great Britain signed the Treaty of Paris. It ended the Revolutionary War and acknowledged America's independence.
  • Washington resigns as commander

    Washington resigns as commander
    George Washington resigned as the commander in chief of the Continental Army and retired to his home in Mount Vernon, Virginia.
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    Economic Depression

    After the Rvolutionary War,, America went into a depression because they were in so much debt from the war. With the Articles of Confederation failing and the Currency Act of 1784, the United States feel even more into a depression.
  • China Trade

    China Trade
    American merchants started trade with China when they started seeing the exoctic goods like silk and tea from China.
  • Meeting of the Mount Vernon Conference

    Meeting of the Mount Vernon Conference
    Representatives from from Virginia and Maryland met at George Washinton's plantation to discuss the navigation of the Potomac and Pocomoke Rivers.
  • Meeting of the Annapolis Convention

    Meeting of the Annapolis Convention
    Delegates from New Jersey, New York, Deleware, Pennsylvania, and Virignia met to discuss trade regulations
  • Impost Amendment

    Impost Amendment
    New York rejects the Impost Amendment. This amendment would've allowed Congress to raise revenues by imposing taxes and hiring collectors.
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Shay's Rebellion
    Farmers in Massechusetts rebelled against high taxes.
  • Constitutional Convention

    Constitutional Convention
    Delegates from the states assembled, under the leadership of George Washington to revise the Articles of Cenfederation.
  • Constitutional Convention Reconvenes

    Constitutional Convention Reconvenes
    Under the leadership of George Washington, the delegates continue to revise the Articles or Cenferdertation
  • The Virginia Plan

    The Virginia Plan
    The Virignia Plan was written by James Madison and presented by Edmund Randolph on the fourth day of the Constitutional Convention. It suggested the separation of powers and having three branches of government: legislative, executive, and judicial. A lot of the Virginia Plan was added to the Constitution.
  • Pinckney Plan

    Pinckney Plan
    Charles Pickney suggested a form of government in which there would be a Senate and House of Delegates in the Legislature while the Congress would elect the president and the cabinet. It was also referred to as the "Committee of Detail"
  • Debate of Executive Power

    Debate of Executive Power
    There was a debate between Pickney, Wilson, Franklin, Rutledge, and Sherman
  • The New Jersey Plan

    The New Jersey Plan
    The New Jersey Plan opposed the Virginia Plan. It supported equal representation for every state in Congress.
  • Committee of Eleven

    Committee of Eleven
    A committee of eleven delegates one from each state represented, met to discuss and find a compromise for the legilative branch of government. Abraham Baldwin, Gunning Bedford, William Davie, Oliver Ellsworth, Benjamin Franklin, Elbridge Gerry, Luther Martin, George Mason, John Rutledge, William Patterson, and Robert Yates all served on this committee.
  • Northwest Ordinance

    Northwest Ordinance
    The Northwest Ordinance outlined a new government for the Northwest territories. It also setup the process to add new states to the Union.
  • Constitution Draft

    Constitution Draft
    The final draft of the Constitution is engorssed by Jacob Shallus
  • Constitution is signed

    Constitution is signed
    The Constitution was signed by 38 of the 41 delegates who were present at the Constitutional Convention in Philidelphia.
  • Ratification

    Ratification
    The Contitution was ratified by the first state, Deleware.
  • Federalist Paper No. 10

    Federalist Paper No. 10
    The Federalist Paper No. 10 was written by James Madison and descibes how the writers of the Constitution created a government that protected minority rights.
  • Deleware Ratifies the Constitution

    Deleware Ratifies the Constitution
    Deleware is the first state to ratify the Constitution.
  • Pennsylvania Ratifies the Constitution

    Pennsylvania Ratifies the Constitution
    Pennsylvania is the second state to ratify the Constitution
  • New Jersey Ratifies the Constitution

    New Jersey Ratifies the Constitution
    New Jersey is the third state to ratify the Constitution.
  • Georgia Ratifies the Constitution

    Georgia Ratifies the Constitution
    Georgia is the fourth state to ratify the Constitution witha vote of 26 to 0
  • Connecticut Ratifies the Constitution

    Connecticut Ratifies the Constitution
    Connecticut is the fifth state to ratify the Constitution with a vote of 128 to 40
  • Federalist Paper No. 51

    Federalist Paper No. 51
    Federalist Paper No. 51 was written by James Madison and it outlined the checks and balance system of the government.
  • Massachusetts Ratifies the Constitution

    Massachusetts Ratifies the Constitution
    Massachusetts is the sixth state to ratify the Constitution
  • Maryland Ratifies the Constitution

    Maryland Ratifies the Constitution
    Maryland is the seventh state to ratify the Constitution
  • South Carolina Ratifies the Constitution

    South Carolina Ratifies the Constitution
    South Carolina is the eighth state to ratify the Constitution
  • New Hampshire Ratifies the Constitution

    New Hampshire Ratifies the Constitution
    New Hampshire is the ninth state to ratify the Constitution. This made the Constitution officially established.
  • Virginia Ratifies the Constitution

    Virginia Ratifies the Constitution
    Virginia is the tenth state to ratify the Constitution.
  • New York Ratifies the Constitution

    New York Ratifies the Constitution
    New York is the eleventh state to ratify the Constitution.
  • North Carolina Ratifies the Constitution

    North Carolina Ratifies the Constitution
    North Carolina is the twelth state to ratify the Constitution.
  • Rhode Island Ratified the Contitution

    Rhode Island Ratified the Contitution
    Rhode Island was the thirteenth and final state to ratify the Constitution.